The World Series 'Veterans for Impeachment' banner group have endorsed Warren and Sanders

Elizabeth Howe
February 12, 2020 - 10:19 am
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The organization behind the "Veterans for Impeachment" banner displayed at the World Series just endorsed its presidential candidates — Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. 

Common Defense was founded in 2015 in response to some of the messages coming from the Trump campaign. 

"It's about challenging hate and intolerance and taking the mission of defending the U.S. to our role as veterans — fighting missions of economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice," said Marine Corps veteran and Common Defense lead Kyle Bibby. 

Now, Common Defense has thrown its weight behind its hopefuls for 2020.

Why those two? One of the major factors was the forever war.

Both Warren and Sanders have signed Common Defense's "End the Forever War" pledge calling Congress to "reassert its Constitutional authority over matters of war and military force" and elected representatives to "make a commitment to us that you will affirmatively act to bring a clear end to these military interventions."

The other major Democratic contenders — former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. — have not signed the pledge. 

“Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have campaigned extensively and unapologetically on bringing our fellow troops home, and have stood up for the majority of veterans despite the skepticism and smears of the hawkish foreign policy establishment and the political media who have too often been uncritical cheerleaders of these failed wars we were sent to fight,” the group said in a statement.

The organization has been working for some time to impeach President Donald Trump. They gained some significant national attention by sneaking banners into a World Series game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. last October and displaying them from their seats behind home plate. The specific veterans behind the banner were Alan Pitts and Naveed Shah — both veterans of the Iraq War.

"We were able to acquire these tickets. We knew Donald Trump would be present and we wanted to send a very clear message to both him and the rest of the country," Bibby said. "We put a lot forward for this country so we think it's important that they be willing to do their part and support their oath as much as we did."

"The next president will need the integrity to lead the country, the courage to champion a bold agenda, and the commitment to continue working hand-in-hand with the movement of regular people that elected them – or else Trumpism will only return," Common Defense's endorsement announcement closes. "Both Sanders and Warren pass that basic test. The current president is a danger to everything we hold dear. Veterans will be organizing on the front lines to ensure he is defeated."

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